We tried Aston’s Specialities’ steak and chargrilled chicken and here’s what we think

Published May 18, 2022, 3:13 PM

by John Legaspi

The Singapore-based restaurant opens its flagship store in the Philippines

Filipino meat lovers, listen up! There is a new steakhouse in town. Singapore’s famous restaurant Aston’s Specialities opens its first store in the Philippines, aiming to serve the best Western-style dishes and steaks at an affordable price.

Founded by Aston Soon in 2005, the casual steakhouse became a food paradise for anyone who wants to go on a Western gastronomic journey. With his experience working in the food industry, Soon made his dream of serving affordable steaks to people into a reality and, later on, his restaurant was recognized by AsiaOne’s People Choice Awards and Asian Enterprise Brand Awards for its service and offerings.

“For me, it’s about providing quality and value-for-money food, service that makes you feel like you’re with friends, and an experience that you’ll remember for life,” Soon said.

According to Silver Lush Food Corporation president, Joyce Balbuena, the coming of Aston’s Specialities in the Philippines was first set in 2020. Unfortunately, with the pandemic happening all over the world, its launch was moved two years later.

Aston’s Specialities’s prime sirloin and chargrilled chicken

Mirroring the quality of food Aston’s Specialities team in Singapore put on the plate demands a lot of effort. “It is a requirement for us that our team fly to Singapore to do training,” Joyce tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Earlier this year, our team went to Singapore. Last month, Aston’s COO flew here to check all our suppliers. We have to ask Aston’s Singapore’s approval before we can put the dishes on our menu.”

“It has been a great pleasure working with the Aston’s team in Singapore to bring the restaurant here in the Philippines,” she adds.

Speaking of its menu, the restaurant takes pride in its steak selections. Among its hero dishes are the prime sirloin and the chargrilled chicken. During its launch last May 14, we sampled the two dishes and it was an experience that can make Aston’s Specialities go on top of your go-to food spots whenever meat cravings strike. The steak was lean and flavorful with perfect grill marks hiding a blush center. On the hand, the chargrilled chicken didn’t let the steak take in all the glory. It was juicy and its charred skin gives just the right amount of smokey taste. With the chicken priced at P 349 and the sirloin at P1,099 (which comes with two side dishes), diners will definitely get their money’s worth from the two dishes.

Aston’s Specialities’ flagship store in the Philippines is situated on the 4th floor of Mega Atrium in SM Megamall. Silver Lush Food Corporation is set to open more local branches of the restaurant in the future.

To know more about its offerings, visit @astonsphilippines on Instagram.

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